The Benefits of Installing Gutter Guards
The gutters are both one of the most important components of a home and the most frustrating components of a home. If they get clogged, they may allow water to seep back into the roof. If they fall off or come loose, they could allow water to flow right into the basement. What are some other benefits of having gutter guards installed?
Debris Can’t Get Into the Gutter
The typical gutter guard is topped with a fine mesh that allows water to get into and flow through the gutter as it is supposed to do. However, it will not allow leaves, sticks or dirt to penetrate the covering. Bugs will also find it impossible to eat away at or otherwise get into a gutter that has a guard installed on it.
This means that you don’t have to worry about doing your own monthly or seasonal gutter cleaning or paying someone else to do it for you. Since you don’t have to clean the gutter often or at all, you significantly reduce the risk that comes with working on a ladder or any other structure used to access the gutters.
Ice Won’t Build Up in the Gutter
Snow and ice won’t be able to get through a quality gutter guard and clog your gutters during the winter months. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about ice dams and the devastating effects that they can have. In extreme cases, the gutter could come right off of the roof if there is too much ice. If you see icicles forming on the side of your house, it may be the first sign that you have water issues somewhere on the roof. It may be in your best interest to call in a professional to diagnose the issue and take care of it as soon as possible.
Guard Against Rust
When a pile of wet leaves is allowed to sit on a gutter, it could cause it to rust months or years before it otherwise would. The rust can then eat away at the gutter and cause it to pull away from the house or fall off entirely. In addition to the damage that it can cause to your roof and other parts of your home, you will also have to replace the gutter, which may be expensive depending on how many seams you need to replace.
Protect Against Fire
Dry leaves and other organic material can easily catch on fire and spread to adjacent areas with ease. If there are a lot of dry leaves or sticks in the gutter, it could provide the perfect material for a fire to form. Keeping that type of material out of your gutters can reduce the risk of a fire starting or spreading faster than you can get out of its way.
The gutters are a component of the home that is generally taken for granted. However, if they are not taken care of, they can cause a lot of damage to a home that may cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair. Therefore, it may be worthwhile for a homeowner to have gutter guards installed as they can make home maintenance much easier.